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Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map

Feb 20 2018

Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional mapState and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state's high court, the party's congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday. The new map would give Democrats better odds of capturing as many as half a dozen U.S. House of Representatives seats in Pennsylvania, where Republicans currently hold 13 of the 18 seats. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court drew a new map for the state's 18 congressional districts after previously invalidating the existing lines as an unconstitutional gerrymander, finding the Republican-controlled legislature drew them to marginalize Democratic voters.


Trump (Keeps) Struggling With This Russia Thing

Feb 20 2018

Trump (Keeps) Struggling With This Russia ThingPresident Trump says he never doubted that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, despite repeatedly casting doubt on allegations of Russian meddling.


Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

Feb 20 2018

Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100BEIRUT (AP) — Government forces bombed the northeastern suburbs of the Syrian capital for a second straight day on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people and raising the specter of a full-scale offensive that could spell catastrophe for the nearly 400,000 residents trapped under siege.


Syria pro-government forces enter Afrin to aid Kurds against Turkey

Feb 20 2018

Syria pro-government forces enter Afrin to aid Kurds against TurkeyBy Gulsen Solaker and Ellen Francis ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict. Soon after the convoy of militia fighters - waving Syrian flags and brandishing weapons - entered Afrin, Syrian state media reported that Turkey had targeted them with shellfire. The confrontation pits the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebel groups directly against the military alliance backing the government of President Bashar al-Assad, further scrambling northwest Syria's already messy battlefield.


Florida Students March To Stoneman Douglas High To Show Solidarity Over School Shooting

Feb 20 2018

Florida Students March To Stoneman Douglas High To Show Solidarity Over School ShootingHundreds of students walked out of classes at a Florida high school on Tuesday morning and were marching nearly 11 miles to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a mass shooting left 17 students and staff members dead last week.